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SMOKY SCENE – A wildfire is burning 40 km northwest of Watson Lake. The Emergency Measures Organization has issued an evacuation alert covering kilometres 30 through 58 of the Robert Campbell Highway. Photo courtesy GOVERNMENT OF YUKON Inset Diarmuid O'Donovan

Evacuation alert issued for southeast Yukon area

The Yukon Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) has issued an evacuation alert for kilometres 30 through 58 of the Robert Campbell Highway due to a wildfire.

By Whitehorse Star on July 10, 2018

The Yukon Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) has issued an evacuation alert for kilometres 30 through 58 of the Robert Campbell Highway due to a wildfire.

Because of this alert, residents in the affected areas must be ready to for a full evacuation within just two hours’ notice. Most of the buildings involved are cabins used part-time.

The fire was first reported Sunday and expanded Monday.

According to a Yukon Wildland Fire Management release made available Monday, the blaze was 40 km northwest of Watson Lake, 1.5 km west of Francis River and 12 km west of the Robert Campbell Highway.

The exact size of the fire is unable to be measured because of the smoky conditions. The smoke may be visible from Watson Lake.

About 30 firefighters are battling the blaze.

EMO director Diarmuid O’Donovan has offered several tips for preparing for an evacuation.

• locate all family members and designate a safe meeting place;

• gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers and immediate care needs for dependents;

• move livestock and pets to a safe area;

• arrange transportation for your household members in anticipation of a possible evacuation order;

• arrange accommodation for your family; in the event of an evacuation order, emergency accommodation may be provided, if required; and

• monitor Yukon government and local sources for updated information on the status of the fire and directions.

Local residents and visitors are encouraged to proactively relocate prior to the fire directly affecting their location.

If you choose to self-evacuate, notify Emergency Health and Social Services at 867-536-2232.

You can visit yukon.ca/emergencies for updates on the situation.

Breagha Fraser of the fire and public information office told the Star more information would be available after a briefing this morning.

No more information, however, was made available before press time this afternoon.

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Josey Wales on Jul 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Evacuation eh?
Anyone remember state actors taking guns and ammunition from both High river Alberta disaster and Great Slave lake fires?
Probably not as the liberal media was not interested in that story.
Open doors kicked in, houses rummaged through, personal property taken...and the case of over a million rounds of ammunition (personal property) destroyed.
Yes destroyed, very jackboot like actually.
Anyone get fired? Of course not.
Any charges of theft via state actors? Nope...not one.
Funny that they only seemed to search homes with PAL holders?
So folks if you are forced by the state to leave your home, document it very well as you too could be subject to state actor looting.

Now those same state actors have nice winch bumpers with an iron cross...quite literally emblazoned on their/our rigs.
In this age of over the top PC Crusaders, I am really surprised it has not yet been brought up.
Whom is the iron cross associated with historically, very well actually?
Why ww2 Germany, the insane Austrians team...the nazis.
I find the irony too rich to ignore...free jackboots with each bumper?

That said, hope no one suffers nonsense as this during and evacuation, nor injuries during said evacuation and fire season.
And yes same goes for the state actors, just do not loot...period.

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